When we consider the Old Testament system, it’s like an Old Lawnmower. It looks like it should work, but there is a piece that doesn’t work as it should. The New Covenant provides the missing piece in Jesus Christ, and gives us confidence and hope. Next time you find yourself working on one of those frustrating projects, let it remind you of our “Great High Priest!”
Have you ever been working on a project (car, electronics, etc) and for whatever reason it just doesn’t want to work? It can be frustrating, even maddening to know that something should work, but that it doesn’t!
In the Old Testament, God gave very detailed instructions to His people about how they were supposed to worship Him. Yet in spite of all of their efforts, there was still a breach in the relationship between them and Him. Numbers 8 gives us an insight into just how detailed these instructions were, but Hebrews 8 tells us exactly what the problem was.
The old covenant was based in part on man’s responsibility to keep God’s commandments. We are all aware that this is an impossible task, and one that only grows more impossible the more we understand of it. So if man can never keep his side of the equation, how can we ever have a restored relationship with God?
We have a better High Priest with a “more excellent ministry.” Now, our covenant is based on the perfect sacrifice that He offered, not on the imperfect sacrifices we could offer to Him.
This should lead us to even greater praise than we find in Psalms 46 and 47, where the Psalmist extols God’s protection, provision, justice, and sovereignty.
When we consider what God has done for us, we too should recognize that God is a refuge for us. He is a refuge from the wrath that we deserve, and from the condemnation we otherwise would have faced. He is our provider, providing eternal life, and everything that pertains to life and godliness. He is a just judge, providing eternal punishment for sin, but also allowing mercy for us, so that we don’t immediately face those consequences. And He is still in control, no matter how chaotic things may seem.